Spied: Holden VE Ute
Channel Staff - 19/Apr/2007
Spied: Holden VE Ute / Chevy El Camino
The previous generation Holden VZ Ute
Melbourne, Australia — Update:
Holden VE Ute revealed. We were at the Holden launch in Melbourne for
the new VE ute in August 2007, complete with insider information from the Lions den and plenty of images.
The first spy photos have emerged showing the new Holden VE Ute.
new Ute wasn't supposed to be launched (and hence probably wouldn't be
seen testing on the streets of Melbourne just yet) for
another few months, but GM Holden in Australia and General Motors in
America have dropped a number of hints that give credence to potential
North American vehicle exports, and this is believed to have spurred
It is growing more and more
likely that the new Holden VE ute could be rebadged and the front
end restyled to be exported and sold as the Chevrolet El Camino in
North America, after the model is launched later in 2007 in Australia.
to launch the Holden VE ute are believed to have been accelerated as
GM's top brass in the States want to see the new model sooner rather
than later following positive responses from the US media and public
about the Pontiac G8 - which is a rebadged and restyled Holden Commodore.
a vehicle would also be a far more fuel efficient 'pickup' or
craftsmans truck than the traditional large pickups sold in
We were sent an email yesterday about images that emerged on the LS1.com.au
forums, showing a picture of the disguised Holden VE ute down at
the beach in Port Melbourne/St. Kilda. The images were taken by Dirt Bike World
(DBW) and indicate that the vehicle will be based on the Zeta platform
- slightly longer than the previous VZ underpinnings - and which is
more commonly referred to as the 'global rear-wheel drive architecture'.
is the same platform that the new Camaro and Pontiac G8 will use, and a
number of other American cars are expected to use the
The spy shots of
the Holden VE ute with the strawberries-and-cream camoflage indicate
that the front and rear wheel arches have been greatly flared (like the
current VE Commodore) and the black car-bra camoflage at the front
hides what looks to be a front apron quite similar to the VE Commodore
front end. There's also camo on the rear end, to hide the new brake
light styling, and also on the B-pillar to disguise it's cabin styling.
There's a vertical line ofblack tape down the rear tray to make the ute's tray look like a tub, a la the Falcon ute.
of the criticisms that were levelled at the last VZ Holden ute revolved
around interior space. Many customers wanted more room behind the seats
to stow gear and equipment, a deeper rea tray, and a stronger rear
suspension system to allow it to bear higher loads. We'll find out soon
enough whether these issues have been addressed.
reports have been circulating of various sightings of the new VE ute,
including those with larger 17- and 18-inch wheels and exhaust pipes,
which would suggest that V8 SS models will return to the line-up
alongside entry-level V6 models. Because the new model is based on the
Zeta platform, it's also expected to be more involving to drive, and
may even come with ESP. The HSV Maloo utes are likely to arrive a few
months after the VE Ute launches, most likely late 2007 or early 2008,
and will be powered by the 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine.
One of the latest posts on the forum threads from LS1.com.au reads:
I can say without compromising my position. The ute will be launched in
Late September/ early October. The checkered photos were a good grab
eh. I've been for a drive and verrry impressed. No separate tub -
that's a black piece of tape. The tub will be deeper than the
current series.All other images/computer modified "claiming" to be like the VE are way off the mark."